Smalley Steel Ring Reviews

Updated January 16, 2015
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  1. Extremely Impressed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office in Lake Zurich, IL
    Current Employee - Office in Lake Zurich, IL

    I have been working at Smalley Steel Ring full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smalley has been around for over 50 years, and through continued growth still maintains an over all positive culture. My manager is an advocate for my own professional growth, and is open to hearing ideas and ways to improve different areas. Additionally, they are huge advocates of work life balance, and the owners are always looking for ways to give back to the employees.

    Cons

    Working for a small company means that it might take more time for promotions, etc. but manager's work with employees to give them growth in responsibilities, and set a plan for employees futures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to your employees and promote ideas for growth and development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. If you like routine, this is the place for you.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Lake Zurich, IL

    I worked at Smalley Steel Ring full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stability. Smalley services a wide variety of customers and is very financially stable.
    Most employees are incredibly friendly and great to work with.
    Opportunity to work with a wide mix of customers.
    On-site manufacturing.
    Benefits are great: STD/LTD, health insurance, 401k, prepaid legal, HSA
    Great place to work short-term, but if you are looking to grow your career, this may just be a stepping stone. If you have a family or are looking for a stable job in the suburbs, this is a great place for you.
    Great work-life balance, limited travel.

    Cons

    Lack of career mobility was the biggest con.
    Pay was slightly below average and is very linear with an annual merit increase.
    Time off policy is very rigid, as is the schedule. No flex-time or wiggle room, even for salaried employees.
    Middle management is very critical, looking mainly to make sure that nobody below them is promoted up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management was great, but middle management was lacking. They seem to want to solidify their role by preventing others from advancing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great Workers, Mediocre Upper Managment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL

    I have been working at Smalley Steel Ring full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are very friendly.

    Cons

    Seems like everyone eventually becomes a supervisor, HR Staff are number 1 rule breakers of any ethics. If you like getting your hand slapped by people who dress opposite of what they stand for, this is for you. Do not get me wrong, The ladies are beautiful but HR should not be wearing 5 inch heels, Mini skirts and low low cut blouses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to not put others down just to make your self look better. We are all adults here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Machine Design Intern in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Intern - Machine Design Intern in Lake Zurich, IL

    I worked at Smalley Steel Ring as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Work with knowledgeable engineers
    - Everyone is incredibly helpful and understanding
    - Chuck (the CEO/owner) is really cool too

    Cons

    - Pay could be slightly higher
    - Times when work is ran out of, so you just sit there for hours on end

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe a little higher pay?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Smalley Steel Ring full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Family owned and great benefits. Doesn't feel like you're just a number in a large corporation.

    Cons

    Not a lot of females in top management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Great people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SHIPPING SPECIALIST in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - SHIPPING SPECIALIST in Lake Zurich, IL

    I worked at Smalley Steel Ring

    Pros

    Great people and friendly atmosphere. People were always happy to help and supportive of the learning process. Even the owners had face to face contact with us in the factory.

    Cons

    Kind of in the middle of nowhere. Lake Zurich isnt an ideal place to live and it is pretty far from the highway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Your hard work trickles down to the bottom. Make sure to put in the face time with the little people.

    Recommends
  8. Develop Pricing for line of manufactured products

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Estimator
    Current Employee - Estimator

    I have been working at Smalley Steel Ring

    Pros

    Relatively small family own company where management is nice and friendly. Most of the employees know each other and interact on the daily basis.

    Cons

    Since it is a small company there is not enough room for personal growth and promotion. Salary compensation is an average in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An additional training and information on understanding the procedures of other departments would benefit all employees. Clear guidelines of company's policies and expectations for each department.

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